A terrible, explosive sound woke me up this morning. The wind was howling and the thunder was so loud it seemed like it was in the house with me. Fortunately there weren't any tornado sirens wailing, so I shuffled off to the backdoor to see what was happening. This is what I saw:
The thunderstorm had blown down the tree. It landed in my garden and then spilled onto and over the fence. This was the last big tree in the yard. The big winter ice storm murdered all of the others. Since this was laying on the fence, I had to saw it up before it broke the fence down ... just like the others did this winter.
I needed some 2 cycle oil for the chain saw before I could start. You have to mix the lubricating oil right in with the gasoline in that little engine. So I got out the rain gear and went to the big hardware store. This is what I saw driving through the neighborhood:
All those fat raindrops and whipping winds broke apart the blossoms on the hedge roses ...
But this little bloom came through it just fine.